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Oklahoma finally puts pesky Washington away

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 10, 2006


NORMAN, Okla. - Paul Thompson threw two touchdowns to Malcolm Kelly and Adrian Peterson ran for 165 yards and two scores as No. 15 Oklahoma pulled away in the second half Saturday for a 37-20 win over Washington.

Thompson broke a 13-13 tie on Oklahoma's first possession of the second half when he found Kelly racing down the right side for a 35-yard touchdown. Jason Carter blocked a punt on Washington's next drive, and Garrett Hartley made it 23-13 with a 30-yard field goal.

The Huskies had a chance to get back into it when Thompson lost a fumble at the Oklahoma 4. But quarterback Isaiah Stanback fumbled it away on the next play.

Thompson hit Kelly for a 42-yarder on the ensuing drive. Then Peterson scored on a 17-yard run.

No. 21 Nebraska 56, Nicholls St. 7

LINCOLN, Neb. - Zac Taylor threw a career-high four touchdowns for the Cornhuskers. Up 7-0, Taylor completed all six of his passes, capped by a 1-yard touchdown to Dane Todd. He completed his next six passes, including a 19-yard touchdown to Matt Herian, and later hit Frantz Hardy for a 14-yarder and Maurice Purify for a 42-yarder for a 42-0 lead.

Missouri 34, Mississippi 7: Chase Daniel threw 24-for-40 for 243 yards and rushed for 89 yards on 13 carries for the Tigers in St. Louis. Down 17-0 late in the first half, the Rebels got back into it when Marshay Green turned a short pass into a 30-yard score. But Missouri drove 54 yards in five plays to start the second half, capped by Brad Ekwerekwu's 20-yard touchdown catch. Mississippi managed only 162 total yards, and quarterback Brent Schaeffer threw three interceptions.

Colo. St. 14, Colo. 10: The Rams' Caleb Hanie threw for a score, ran for one and went 20-for-23 - with two throwaways - for 233 yards in Denver. The defense that limited Colorado to 28 yardsJohnny Walker caught 10 passes for 158 yards, including a leaping 32-yarder at the Colorado 11 on third and 8 and 2½ minutes left.

IOWA STATE 16, UNLV 10: UNLV players, angry that officials ruled Shane Steichen's pass into the end zone on the final play was incomplete, refused to leave the field for about 15 minutes after the end of the game in Ames, Iowa. The Rebels congregated at midfield, yelling at officials and shaking their helmets before coaches were finally able to convince them to head to the locker room. Stevie Hicks rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown for Iowa State, which nearly blew a 13-point lead.

KANSAS 21, LOUISIANA-MONROE 19: Kerry Meier threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Kansas survived a late rally in Lawrence, Kan. Louisiana-Monroe got within two points with 3:31 to go when Kinsmon Lancaster, capping a nine-play, 81-yard drive, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Zeek Zacharie. Jon Cornish rushed for 103 yards for the Jayhawks. He also picked up 62 yards on two receptions.

KANSAS ST. 45, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0: Justin McKinney became the first Kansas State player in 70 years to run back an opening kickoff for a touchdown. McKinney sprinted to his right and went 88 yards down the sideline in Manhattan, Kan., for Kansas State's first game-opening score since Red Elder's touchdown return in a 6-6 tie at Oklahoma on Nov. 7, 1936. Dylan Meier threw for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who extended their winning streak against Sun Belt teams to 10 straight games.

BAYLOR 47, NORTHWESTERN ST. 10: C.J. Wilson intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown, and Shawn Bell threw four touchdown passes in Waco, Texas. Bell was 25-of-41 for a career-high 288 yards. On Northwestern State's first offensive play of the game, Wilson picked off Ricky Joe Meeks to set up Baylor's first score. Bell was 25-of-41 for a career-high 288 yards. Baylor was without top wide receiver Dominique Zeigler, who injured his right shoulder in last week's loss to No. 23 TCU.

OKLAHOMA ST. 35, ARKANSAS ST. 7: Bobby Reid threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Oklahoma State recovered from a sloppy start in Little Rock, Ark. Reid threw two interceptions in the first quarter - one of which was returned for a touchdown. He settled down after that, and Arkansas State could do little against the Cowboys defense. The Indians gained only 188 yards on offense and turned the ball over three times. Reid finished 11-of-18 for 167 yards and also ran for 45 yards.

TEXAS A&M 51, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 7: Jorvorskie Lane ran for a career-high four touchdowns and Stephen McGee threw for 200 yards and a score for Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Backup Ty Branyon added a 56-yard touchdown pass to Joey Thomas and ran for another score. The offense scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and gained 496 yards without a turnover, while the defense allowed 171 yards, 10 first downs and two completions.